Interview: BCA Bishop Marvin Harada

Rev. Marvin Harada was appointed Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) in April 2020 at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Recently, Shinshu Center of America (SCA) asked Rev. Harada via Zoom about pressing challenges facing BCA, which represents the Nishi Honganji denomination (officially called Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha) of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Continue reading “Interview: BCA Bishop Marvin Harada”

Protests, Patriotism, and Jodo Shinshu

By Rev. Ken Yamada

What does Jodo Shinshu say about social and political activism? An important question amid today’s social unrest.

Buddhists sometimes are criticized for being passive and uninvolved, too focused on their own personal enlightenment. But according to Rev. Junshō Tamamitsu, a Higashi Honganji teacher focused on activism, Jodo Shinshu urges us to look outward and face society’s problems. Continue reading “Protests, Patriotism, and Jodo Shinshu”